Who Comes Each Year?

Saint Nicholas, Grace Episcopal Cathedral, Topeka, Kansas, USA
Photo: Grace Cathedral
Who comes each year, to spread the world with cheer?
‘Tis our great saint, we all should imitate.
The children sing, sailors their thanks they bring:

O blessed Nic’las,
O good St Nic’las!

The gifts he brings, the people celebrate.
All those who love him, folk both small and great;
Revere his message, hail his regal state:

O blessed Nic’las,
O good St Nic’las!

The real St Nick, no Santa Claus we need,
He is the only one, the folk agreed,
From Myra, Bari, a true saint indeed:

O blessed Nic’las,
O good St Nic’las!

He saved the soldiers, the three girls now free,
Students are rescued, praise the Trinity;
The bishop, friend, a wonder worker he:

O blessed Nic’las,
O good St Nic’las!

He waits with us for the great holy day,
Christmas is coming, with the saint we pray,
That when Christ comes, with Mary we shall say:

Alleluia,
Alleluia!


Text: J M Rosenthal
Tune: SINE NOMINE (All Hallows)10 10 10 4 4

Musical notation PDF


For All Hallows by the Tower, London 2007

By the Revd J M Rosenthal, Honorary Deacon, for All Hallows by the Tower, London, England. Used by permission.

\Mp3 file courtesy of Jennifer Wolfe and the Hope College Music Department.

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